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Documents reveal suspect's strange connection to Reserve couple

Documents just unsealed in federal court give new details about what led to the first arrest in connection with the murders of a Reserve couple.

Kenneth and Lakeitha Joseph disappeared from their home Feb. 19. Their van was found abandoned in Atlanta on Feb. 28. Lakeitha Joseph's body was found March 17, and Kenneth's was found two weeks later, both of them in the Intracoastal waterway. Both had been bound with rope attached to a weight.

According to the criminal complaint, suspect Frank Mike Jr., 45, told the FBI that he found the couple's van at his gutted home in New Orleans East. He also admits he drove it to Georgia.

On March 31, FOX 8 shot exclusive video of homicide detectives searching Mike's boarded-up house on Beechwood Court in New Orleans East.   Investigators were looking for any trace of evidence linked to the Josephs' deaths.

In a sworn affidavit unsealed in federal court, an FBI agent explains how the man who owns the house they searched plays into the investigation.

Frank Mike Jr. was arrested Tuesday and charged with transporting the Joseph's van across state lines.

According to court documents, Mike called State Police three days after investigators searched his house to talk about his involvement in the case.

He claims he found the van backed into his driveway and that when he asked a friend about it, the friend told him, "we pulled off a little move in it."

Mike told agents that he believed the friend meant an armed robbery or a car theft. The affidavit goes on to say that Mike claims he asked the friend if he could use the van to travel to Atlanta to go clothes shopping. He said it wasn't until he was in Atlanta that he learned the van was possibly related to a case of two missing people.

The complaint says Mike admitted he wiped down the van for fingerprints before he abandoned it - and that he also saw blood inside. Blood samples taken from the van matched the DNA of both Kenneth and Lakeitha Joseph.

Mike currently is only charged in connection with the van, but NOPD chief Ronal Serpas says the investigation into who killed the couple is far from over.

"It's a very active criminal investigation into what we believe to be a particularly terrible crime," he said. "I'm not able to get into the details of the case right now, but stay tuned."

The judge ordered Mike held until trial and set a preliminary hearing for May 5.

Mike is a felon on parole until 2022 for a drug conviction. According to court documents, he has given authorities the name of the friend who gave him permission to take the van to Atlanta.

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